Cyclones Fall To Green Bay, 71-57, In First Round
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AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State women's basketball team saw its season end Saturday in a 71-57 loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Green Bay. The Cyclones finish the season with an 18-13 record.
The Phoenix (31-1), ranked No. 10 in the country, came out hot in the first half, making 9 of 18 shots from beyond the 3-point line in the half, while the Cyclones struggled to get open looks against Green Bay's extended 2-3 zone defense. The Green Bay defense keyed their attack, as they recorded 12 first-half steals and applied pressure on the Iowa State guards throughout the game.
The first half was played at a blistering and physical pace, as the two teams combined for 27 turnovers, but the Cyclones shot just 6-15 from the field, while the Phoenix shot 15-31 in the half. The Phoenix ended the half on an 11-2 run that included three 3-point baskets, and went into the locker room at the intermission with a 42-23 lead.
Green Bay extended it's lead to 53-31 with 12:33 remaining in the game before a Chelsea Poppens basket, followed by a Lauren Mansfield 3-pointer ignited a 13-3 Cyclone run over the next five minutes. The Phoenex lead was cut to 55-44 on a Brynn Williamson 3-point basket with seven minutes remaining in the game, but the Cyclones were never able to close the gap to within single digits.
The Cyclones shot the better percentage from the field of the two teams at 45.9 percent compared the Green Bay's 43.9 percent, but the Phoenix managed to get up 20 more shots than the Cyclones did.
Five Cyclones were in double digits by the end of the game, lead by sophomore forward Hallie Christofferson, with 12, followed by Poppens and Mansfield with 11 each and Nikki Moody and Williamson, who each chipped in 10 points. Poppens, the Big 12 Conference's leading rebounder on the season, tallied eight boards in the contest, including three on the offensive end.
Green Bay had four players score in double figures, lead by Saray Eichler and Lydia Bauer, each of whom scored 16 points.
Iowa State closes it's 2011-2012 season with an 18-13 record.